Sunday Reflection

  • Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Graced moments

    Sep 21, 2017

    The Gospel for today, the parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard tells us that God is far more gracious than men.

  • Twenty-fourth Sunday: Freedom from Anger

    Sep 15, 2017

    I have three images for you this week: one is a comic on the funny pages, one is a big expensive yacht, and the third is the cross.

  • Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Confronting in Church

    Sep 10, 2017

    In the centre of Matthew 18 sits a procedure similar to the protocol mandated in almost any secular policy manual. For example, the student handbook at the school where I teach says that if you want to challenge a grade you should first take your case to the instructor.

  • 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: By hope we are saved

    Aug 30, 2017

    This aspect of the world was not all that different back in the days of St Augustine, whose feast we celebrated August 28. I want to spend some time today considering Augustine’s life and his Confessions. His life and his most famous work flow from today’s readings and relate to us. Like us, Augustine was surrounded by a society of so-called intellectuals that told him immorality was normal and acceptable.

  • Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time: Rock, Chief Rabbi, Majordomo

    Aug 27, 2017

    Peter was not a personal name in first-century Palestine. Petros, the masculine form of the Greek word petra (“rock”—reflected in our English words “petrify” and “petroleum,” oil from rock rather than olives), translates the Aramaic kepha (“rock”). Kepha, or Peter, is a special name that Jesus gives Simon bar Jonah to signify his appointed mission.

  • Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time: That woman is Ourselves

    Aug 20, 2017

    We, rightly, marvel at the faith of the woman and we wonder at the abrupt words of Jesus. But when we ask the question of why Matthew, and Mark before him, saw fit to include this account in their Gospels, it becomes evident that they, especially Matthew, had other concerns than ours.

  • Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Walking on Water

    Aug 12, 2017

    Each of the gospel authors has his own distinctive and consistent way of telling the story of Jesus. The episode about the walking on the water is one

  • Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord: Bringing the Mountain Down

    Aug 06, 2017

    We need to nourish the Presence of the Lord and we need to bring this Presence to others.

  • Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Wisdom

    Jul 28, 2017

    This Sunday’s readings begin with Solomon’s request for Wisdom and conclude with a summation of the Lord’s teaching on the parables.

  • Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Weeds Among Us

    Jul 22, 2017

    “There is no place in the Church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not. All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable.”